Eating healthily and keeping yourself strong, both mentally and physically, has never been more important than right now, with the pandemic still holding a strong grip on the entire world… but it seems that there may well be a bit of confusion surrounding what constitutes healthy food.

A new poll carried out by goats’ milk producer St Helen’s Farm, reported on by the Independent, has found that there are many who believe that pizza, bread and chocolate, as well as fizzy drinks, are actually superfoods.

Other items also wrongly assumed to fit into this category were beer, cake and curry, while less than half of those asked said they thought spinach and kale were superfoods.

Nutritionist and spokeswoman for St Helen’s Farm explained that while it is easy to criticise labels like superfoods, it’s important to know that labels like these are here to stay so it would be better to help drive deeper understandings of what these foods actually are – and what foods certainly aren’t.

“For me to call something a superfood I’d be looking for something with exceptional levels of nutrient density, or some kind of added benefit that’s hard to get in other ways.

“Although the term isn’t commonly used by experts as there’s no standard criteria that defines it, it is increasingly used by consumers, so it has become a label worth understanding,” she went on to say.

All sorts of delicious produce fall into the superfood category so you can have a great time trying out lots of new recipes with the family over the next few weeks.

Blueberries are often lauded for their health benefits, chock full of nutrients that will give your immune system a big boost, while kale and other dark leafy greens are also incredibly good for you. They have lots of vitamins A, C and K, as well as fibre and calcium, so see how you can work these into your weekly meal plans.

Beans are something else you might want to eat more of, as these are a wonderful (and tasty) source of low-fat protein, containing insoluble fibre which can reduce your cholesterol. Beans also contain soluble fibre, so they’ll keep you feeling full for longer.

And try to eat some oily fish like salmon twice a week, as this kind of fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the risks of stroke and heart disease.

Whether you decide to start stocking up on superfoods or not, it’s important to limit the amount of processed food you’re eating and make healthy swaps as and when you can. Before you know it, you’ll feel your energy levels increase, your skin and hair quality improve, and you’ll likely be sleeping better as well!

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